Dry needling is a procedure in which a fine filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point (or a knot). The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection. The insertion of the needle can cause favorable biochemical changes, which assist in reducing pain and muscle tension. It is used in a variety of musculoskeletal problems including, but not limited to acute or chronic injuries, headaches, neck pain, back pain, tendonitis, muscle spasms, sciatica, hip or knee pain, muscle strains, fibromyalgia, tennis, or golfer’s elbow, overuse injuries, and much more.
Dry Needling is not acupuncture; it is based on a modern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation.